The game began as a pitcher’s duel. Brevard County starter Derek Miller and Daytona starter Hung-Wen Chen were both effective early and neither offense was able to put anything together in the first three innings. Miller was relieved in the fourth for Cub killer Bobby Bramhall.
Brevard County finally broke through for some offense in the fifth inning. With no outs and the bases loaded, Yohannis Perez smacked a bases clearing triple. After inducing a ground out, Mike Cooper came in and retired two straight to end the inning. The Manatees jumped ahead, 3-0.
The Cubs got to Bramhall for the first time this season in the bottom of the sixth. Bramhall pitched 18 scoreless innings against Daytona before finally coughing up some runs. Russ Canzler and Robinson Chirinos drove in a pair of runs on back-to-back one out singles, chasing Bramhall from the game. Cubs closed in to just one run back, 3-2.
Jonathan Mota walked with one out in the seventh. Manatee reliever Josh Wahpepah threw over to check on Mota and the ball got away, advancing Mota to third. This set things up for Cubs centerfielder Jim Adduci, who smacked a hard ground ball up the middle through a drawn in infield to tie the ballgame. After a walk to Ty Wright, Clevenger pounded out an RBI base hit to give Daytona a lead. Canzler added on with an RBI ground out. Chirinos kept it going, as he stroked an RBI single. Ryan Harvey completed the monster inning with another RBI single, and the Cubs turned the tables on Brevard County, going up 7-3.
The Cubs finish their series against the Brevard County Manatees Saturday beginning at 7:05pm at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Catch the broadcast on 1380 WELE at 6:45pm or right here on www.daytonacubs.com. For ticket information call 386-257-3172 or visit www.daytonacubs.com.